One of the highlights of my trip to England was visiting Durham Cathedral, up north. Considered to be one of the greatest pieces of Norman architecture, this nine century old cathedral is astonishingly huge, and very beautiful. I was lucky enough to visit on a day the choir was singing too, adding to the atmosphere of the place, as I felt history seep out at every nook and cranny.
Here are a few photos, along with explanations as last time. Enjoy!
To get a feel for how big this masterpiece is, look at the adjacent buildings on the side of the picture. To climb to the top you need to climb 325 steps (and yes, I did climb them, as you’ll soon find out).
This is the Cathedral seen from quite a distance – there aren’t many places in Durham where you can’t see this spectacle.
This is the view from the very top of the cathedral, after climbing all 325 steps up. The view is definitely worth it, even though the climb did nearly finish me off. The last half of the steps become very narrow, so if somebody was coming back the other way it was a tight squeeze. Presumably, this would have been for the sake of defence, once upon a time. Definitely climb this once in your life – you won’t regret it!
Some of you may recognise this picture from a certain quite famous movie series, based on a much loved book series.
Just a random photo I took while in the town of Durham. The place is beautiful and just has such a nice atmosphere about it. For me it’s simply novelty to be somewhere with such old buildings.
This is Melbourne Cathedral, and like Durham Cathedral up north, this one is also about nine centuries old. It’s much smaller though, but still quite stunning.
Somewhere in Melbourne (I think) I took this photo. I don’t think this house is anything important, but I just thought it looked quite spectacular by the water, surrounded by green.
My next post in this series from my England trip will look at Alnwick Castle, as well as one of the coolest bookstores I’ve ever visited.
If you’re curious about Durham Cathedral, and would like to know more or see some pictures of inside the building (as photography was forbidden inside much of it), visit the official site here. And if you missed the first part of my England Trip series of blog posts, you can find that here.